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Small Fires : The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series - Kelly Norah Drukker

Small Fires

The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series


Published: 20th July 2016
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We come / to kneel at the doorway, / to peer into that kind of / dark. To think our way / backwards, listening. Tracing a series of journeys, real and imagined, Kelly Norah Drukker's Small Fires opens with a section of poems set on Inis Mor, a remote, Irish-speaking island off the west coast of County Galway, where the poet-as-speaker discovers the ways in which remnants of the island's early Christian monastic culture brush up against island life in the twenty-first century. Also present is a series of poems set in the Midi-Pyrenees and in the countryside around Lyon. Linked to the shorter poems in the collection by landscape, theme, and tone is a set of longer narrative poems that give voice to imagined speakers who are, each in a different way, living on the margins. The first describes a young emigrant woman's crossing from Ireland to Canada in the early twentieth century, where she must sacrifice her tie to the land for the uncertain freedom of a journey by sea, while a second depicts the lives of silk workers living under oppressive conditions in Lyon in the 1830s. In detailed and musical language, the poems in Small Fires highlight aspects of landscape and culture in regions that are haunted by marginal and silenced histories. The collection concludes with a long poem written as a response to American writer Paul Monette's autobiographical work Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir.

"Drukker possesses the kind of eye that locates and zeroes in on the most important detail in her field of vision, yet also somehow gives the impression of seeing everything at once. The result is far more than poems-as-travelogue, then: it's a moving meditation on place and belonging." The Montreal Gazette "... a petit and exquisite book of journeys. Much more than a poetic travelogue, it is a quiet homage to places and cultures that Drukker inhabits fully and allows herself to be smitten by. Drukker speaks clearly in language transparent as wind, attuned to the beauty and pain of the world and its histories. A highly recommended read." The Goose "If one were to make a colour palette for Small Fires, it would be a watercolour of stones and derelict wood greys, dusky blues, a smear of rainy green through a window, the creosote of town, as rage by morning dies down to "murmur / through stovepipes."" Montreal Review of Books

ISBN: 9780773547704
ISBN-10: 0773547703
Series: The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 124
Published: 20th July 2016
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 12.7  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.14